This Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Bake tastes just like a cheeseburger with fries! Cheeseburgers are the cornerstone of American food. Some people like their cheeseburgers with bacon while others like the full works including tomatoes and pickles.
And what's a good cheeseburger without a side of tasty fries. Now can you imagine a casserole that tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger with fries? Too good to be true? Nope.
What I love about this recipe is its simplicity. A few ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and about 1 hour of your time.
My wife said that it reminded her of her childhood with her parents would make cheeseburgers. I think the Velveeta we melt with the meat gives you that childhood memory of processed cheese on a burger.
The Tater Tots come out super crunchy as they should. We wanted our cheeseburgers to have all the fixings like tomato, pickles, and onions but you can omit those final ingredients if you feel like it.
Either way, if you love cheeseburgers, you won't be disappointed with this dish. If you are looking for an easy-to-make casserole that can feed a bunch of hungry people, then this recipe is for you.
If you've ever wondered what part of the pig Bacon comes from check out the picture below. Surprised?
🥓 How to Make Bacon
If you struggle to make bacon perfectly, I've put together a short tutorial on How to Make Perfect Bacon - 3 Ways. Check it out! My preferred method is baking it in the oven.
And don't throw away that bacon grease! Bacon is expensive and the grease is great for making Scrambled Eggs, Grilled Cheese, Popcorn and even hash browns. It can keep up to 3 months if properly stored in the refrigerator.
🐄 How to Handle Raw Beef
Thaw raw ground beef on a plate on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator, to avoid dripping onto other foods.
Keep raw and ready-to-eat meats separate.
Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling raw ground beef. Wash cutting boards, bowls, and utensils used to prepare raw ground beef with hot soapy water and rinse well.
Use separate plates to carry raw ground beef patties to the cooking area and cooked patties to the serving area.
Use a Thermometer to ensure Ground Beef Reaches the Safely Cooked Internal Temperature of 160°F.
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📋 What Ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make this Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Bake recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Ground Beef, Sweet Onion, Tomato Sauce, Velveeta Cheese, Ground Mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, Cheddar Cheese, Bacon Strips, Frozen Tater Tots, Grape Tomatoes and Dill Pickles.
🥣 How to make Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Bake
Preheat oven to 400°F.
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef and 1 cup of the diced onions, until the beef is no longer pink and the onion is tender. Drain fat from skillet if necessary.
Stir in tomato sauce, Velveeta cheese, ground mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Stir occasionally until cheese is melted.
Transfer meat mixture to a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. Top with the frozen tater tots. Bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes or until bubbly.
Top with tomatoes, pickles and remaining onion.
Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Bake
- Baking Dish
- 2 lbs Ground Beef
- 1 Large Sweet Onion, Diced, Divided
- 15 oz Tomato Sauce
- 8 oz Velveeta Cheese
- 1 tablespoon Ground Dry Mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Cups Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
- 12 Bacon Strips, Cooked & Crumbled
- 32 oz Frozen Tater Tots
- 1 Cup Grape Tomatoes, Chopped
- ⅓ Cup Dill Pickles, Sliced
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef and 1 cup of the diced onions, until the beef is no longer pink and the onion is tender. Drain fat from skillet if necessary.
- Stir in tomato sauce, Velveeta cheese, ground mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Stir occasionally until cheese is melted.
- Transfer meat mixture to a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. Top with the frozen tater tots. Bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes or until bubbly.
- Top with tomatoes, pickles and remaining onion.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.